Join a Citizen’s Science Project near you!
August 19-22, 2020 on the Willamette Greenway
Willamette River Festival invites communities from across the Willamette watershed to join in on a citizen’s science project to observe and help count plant and animal species in the Willamette Greenway.
You may be wondering – what is a BioBlitz? ‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’, a collaborative race against the clock to discover as many species as possible, within a set location, over a defined time period. Plants, animals, fungi, it all counts! Even tracks and other evidence of a species can be recorded.
*How many species can we find?
*Where are the largest concentrations of each species?
*Are populations for certain species declining or increasing?
*Are there any migration patterns from the last set of observations made earlier in the year?
YOU can help answer these questions by observing and documenting the natural world in our backyards, on our sidewalks, and even in our homes! Find out the name of that mystery plant growing nearby with iNaturalist, a free and easy to use app and website with a community of experts helping you identify what you found.
Please follow all travel and social distancing guidelines as we bring technology and nature together to celebrate OUR river… more information coming soon – check back for more details about how to use iNaturalist and sign up for your community’s bioblitz project area.